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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Reversible Patchwork Bags! on: March 29, 2009 11:39:59 AM
These are GREAT, Haylie! Thanks for posting them!  Grin
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: *TUTORIAL* Patchwork Purses...Reversible! Adjustable! on: January 29, 2007 08:20:38 PM
Bemaha, you did a KILLER job!  Your bag looks awesome, and I'm totally impressed with your color combination.  Yea for you!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: *TUTORIAL* Patchwork Purses...Reversible! Adjustable! on: April 27, 2006 03:24:38 PM
Jelly - The bag measures about 12"x14".... a little bigger than standard 8 1/2X11 paper.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: *TUTORIAL* Patchwork Purses...Reversible! Adjustable! on: April 05, 2006 03:50:51 PM
Thanks, all!  I'd LOVE to see finished products from those of you who have tried this!  Would be pretty cool to see what others do with my design!  Smiley
5  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Pumpkin Costume for a 3 year old on: October 17, 2005 12:54:30 PM
I'm very proud of myself and thought I'd share....

Just finished this way too cute (and I mean that) jack-o-lantern costume per my 3 year olds request...

I used remnant fabric and made up my own pattern based on a globe (one piece of paper, with the ends cut into six curved panels that fit together into a sphere)... total cost = $4.00!!!!  

I love the hat!!

Made the hat from Paper Twist, an old CoolWhip container, floral wire and floral tape!  Stuffed the whole thing with plastic bags!!!  YEA Recycling!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Usernames: Talk about Crafty! on: September 17, 2005 06:40:55 PM
My sm is pretty self explanatory (and pretty egotistical too, now that I think about it...GAAH! Too late to change though...)  Of course, it was supposed to read "GoodWithHerHands, but it got truncated, so now I look wacky like I have one very good hand and one very bad hand.   Hmm.  Maybe that's true....(slaps her bad hand).

For me sacred places are places for me to connect with nature and reflect. Two of my favorites are the Giant Sequoias at the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park (CA) and Anza Borrego Desert State Park (CA). I hope to visit the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains (CA) someday. (I have a thing for old trees too.) This is not a list of the whole US because I haven't traveled the whole thing yet ... someday, though.

As for those Bristlecones sacrdplce.... I've been there, man and all I can say is GOGOGOGOGOOGOGOGOGO!  If you are at all in touch with your inner tree (and I think that you are or you never would have even heard of this place), don't worry about what looks like a loooong trek from Yosemite to Methuselah (A Bristlecone pine that was a full grown tree when Christ was born - note that I'm not a religious person, and that fact makes me want to worship the TREE).  From Toulemene Meadows in Yosemite, you drive by creepy-ish Mono Lake and some really, really wacked-out and desert-y terrain made up of these spontaneous outcroppings of red iron rock.  I'm not a big fan of the desert (I was raised in Ohio and miss the trees), but the trip is unforgettable.  Don't miss it.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / *TUTORIAL* Patchwork Purses...Reversible! Adjustable! on: August 31, 2005 02:58:40 PM


So, this is how I make my funky patchwork bags that reverse to a patch-free interior (for those days where youre feeling not-so-funky) but if you dont have a large enough piece of fabric for the interior and/or straps, feel free to patch that together too!  The directions are detailed, (I used to write computer manuals for a living) but that doesnt mean this is hard to do in fact its very easy or I wouldnt be able to do it either.  It will take some time, though....Not counting the time spent cutting out the patchwork squares; it only takes about an hour to construct this thing.  And of course, pillowcases, sheets, tablecloths or drapes make great interior/strap fabrics!

Bag Exterior:  4x4 squares of miscellaneous scraps 32 squares in all (mix it up, but I like to include a few pieces of my interior fabric for continuity)
Bag Interior:  32x14 piece of interior fabric
Strap:      (1) 45x5 strip for the strap and (1) 10x5 strip for the adjustable loop

-I highly recommend a sewing machine, but thats not to say you cant do this by hand.
-Thread in whichever color you have/ suits your fancy or if you care, matches your interior/strap fabric.
-Scissors (or Rotary Cutter & Mat)
-Pins I hate pinning. You'll only need a few.  Promise.


1.   Try to be precise when cutting your 4x4 squares, so that they all line up neatly in the final product.  I used a rotary cutter for precision, but its not necessary. HINT!  Many fabrics will tear in a straight line (i.e., cottons) so take advantage and tear some long 4 strips, then cut the torn strips into 4 squares.  2.   Lay out your design, mixing & matching to your hearts content.  Your layout should have four (4) squares across in each row and eight 8 squares down.

3.   Sew your first row:  Patch two squares (right sides together) along one side with seam.  Following your layout, add another square, then another to total 4 squares across. 
4.   Repeat step 3 for each row of 4 squares.  Goal= 8 rows of 4 squares across. 

5.   With right sides together, match up rows 1 & 2 and stitch them together, with seam.  Now you should have 4 squares across and 2 squares down.  Iron the seams flat? Yeah, sure if you feel like it.  I havent found it to be too necessary.  Pins? Who needs pins just match up your squares as you are sewing along, and you should be just fine.  If not, who cares?  Its just goofy patchwork!

6.   Keep going!  Youll very soon have 4 squares across and 8 rows down.  NowRelax!  The hardest part is OVER!
7.   Fold patchwork in half (right sides together) on the seam of rows 4 and 5.  This seam is the bottom.
8.   Stitch the sides together, but make sure that the finished exterior is no wider than 13 remember, you have a 14 wide piece of interior fabric and youre gonna need to allow for seams.
9.   Trim any excess from the side seams to neaten things up.   Trim the top of the bag straight, but leave it open and un-hemmed. 
10.   Turn the patchwork right side out.

11.   Fold 32x14 interior fabric in half so that you have a 14x16rectangle.  The fold line will be the bottom of the interior.  The interior fabric should be about 2 inches longer at the top than your finished patchwork for your nice cuffed top edge.  See steps 15&16...
12.   With right sides together, stitch the interior fabric sides to equal the width of you finished patchwork plus   (i.e., if your patchwork width is 12 inches, your interior width should measure 12 ).   The interior needs to be wider so that the patchwork doesnt pucker on steps 15&16

13.   Trim any excess fabric from the seam.  Leave the interior inside-out.

14.   With the patchwork right-side out and the Interior inside-out, insert the interior into the patchwork bag (wrong sides together).  Put your hand into the bag (note how the "right side" of the interior is actually the inside of the bag where your hand is.  This is because you remembered to insert the interior into the patchwork bag inside-out.  That's good.  When you reverse it, all the seams will be in between both fabrics).  With your hand still inside, poke your fingers into the bottom corners to get everything all situated, then pin the corners together through all layers one pin on each corner and one in the middle. This will keep the fabric from shifting too while you finish the top.  Dang!  Had to use some pins after all
15.   Fold the too long interior fabric down about to the outside of the bag.  Fold it down again this time, far enough that your first folded edge covers the patchwork by about .  This makes a nice neat cuff on the top of the patchwork side, and a smooth interior. Youll want to use a few pins here, too... 

16.   Stitch from the top and bottom edges of the cuff to finish off the top.   Un-Pin everything.

17.   Fold the long edges of the 45x5 strip to the middle.  Fold the strip in half lengthwise, with the raw edges concealed inside.  Sew edge all the way around the strap, folding in the short ends as you go along, so that no raw edges show.  Do the same with the 10x5 strip.

18.   Fold the 10 strap in half and sew it onto a top corner of the bag to form a loop.  I like to sew it on with a nice sturdy X inside a square. 
19.   Sew the 45 strap to the opposite top corner of the bag.  Thread the strap through the loop, adjust the length and tie a single knot.  DONE!


8  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Vegan Birthday Cake on: August 31, 2005 11:34:24 AM
I'm not Vegan, but this is my FAVORITE quick cake when I need a chocolate fix... I love that it's totally Dairy Free, extremely easy to make, and tastes Fabulous!  The recipe makes a single, brownie-like, dense, rich layer, and I usually just dust it with powdered sugar.  If you want to make a birthday cake, better make two!  YUMMY YUMMY!  From The Joy of Cooking:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour (I use cocoa powder) one 8x8" pan, or line the bottom with wax or parchment paper.

Sift together in a large bowl:
  1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  1 c. + 2 Tbl. sugar
  6 Tbl. unsweetened nonalkalized cocoa (I use Hershey's cocoa and it's great)
  1 tsp. Baking Soda
  1/8 tsp. salt
Combine and add:
  1 c. cold water
  1/4 c. vegetable oil
  1 Tbl. white vinegar (sounds weird, but it make a HUGE difference!)
  2 tsp. vanilla
Stir until smooth.  Scrape batter into 8X8" pan and spread evenly.  Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes.  Let cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes.  Slide a slim knife around the cake and peel off the paper liner, if using.  Let cool right side up on the rack. Serve plain, dusted with powdered sugar or frost.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Patchwork Purses on: August 31, 2005 11:13:35 AM
Very nice!  And what a great idea for the adjustable strap!  What is the closure..zip, snap?  ANd heck yes, bring the tute on!  Thanks!  Oh, and $20 bucks is cheap...how long does it take you to make one?
  I got the idea for the strap from a bag a friend brought back from Guatemala - It's made from the top of a traditional garment and it has the most fabulous  pattern... I love that purse!  I haven't added closures yet, but I'm thinking the easiest thing would be a double sided button closure (since the bags are reversible)... two buttons, one on each side and a single button hole ought to so the trick... I'm a potter, so I think I'll make some ceramic buttons....  Thanks for your input, and I'll work on getting a tutorial up.  I think that $20 is a little cheap myself, but since I'm working assembly line style, each one takes just a little over an hour.  Anyone think someone attending a "Wearable Arts Faire" would pay $30?  Thanks!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Patchwork Purses on: August 31, 2005 11:07:57 AM
I love 'em! I followed your post from the 30 something thread. I saw you live in San Marcos! I grew up in Vista, and owned my first home in San Marcos. (Which I am trying to forget since it is now worth $200,000+ more than I sold it for...) Anyway, I don't know where you are trying to sell your purses, but I bet they would do really well at the outside craft market in Encinitas. (I think it is every weekend) If you don't know where it is, ask around and I am sure somebody will know, I can't remember the street name but it must be the 1. You might also want to see if you could market them to Inner World or someplace like that as well. Good luck! They are really cute! Smiley

Wow!  Good to hear from someone who really knows my area!  Yes, I've thought about setting up shop at the Encinitas Bazzaar (Love that!), and I hadn't thought about Innerworld...but right now someone is planning a "Vista Wearable Arts Faire" at the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe... that was what prompted the purses.  I've actually been into pottery these days (I have my own wheel and kiln), so I think I'll also make some ceramic necklaces... Thanks for the vote of confidence!
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